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1. Posted by loubilou86 (Inactive 4 posts) 9y

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Hi,
I'm going to be in Thailand from mid july to mid september and I'd just like to know where the best places in Thailand are to get a job in a bar. Initially I just wanted to travel around but I haven't saved as much as I'd like. I understand that I won't make money out there but I just want to work for sleeps etc. Could anyone give me any info? I want to work for a month and travel for a month.

Lou

2. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

Basically you're on a hiding to nothing.....

The basic wage in Thailand is about 160 per day = less then $6:00. So if someone gave you a room that would be about 300 baht a day so they'd be losing out.

Picking up casual work in Thailand is extremely rare and frankly a bit of a "no-no". If you're caught, even working for free you could be deported...after being locked up for a few days.

You best bet is to befriend some farang bar owner and see what you can get, but with casual Thai labour so cheap, you'll be relying on peoples' generosity more than doping them a favor.

3. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 9y

Hi Lou, one other way would be to do some teaching in Thailand. There are one or two places in Bangkok which will employ foreign teachers for a maximum of 3 weeks. I know of three school which do this and I have their contact information if you would like it, all of them are right in the centre of Bangkok (so to speak). Let me know if you would like the information.
Good luck either way.
PS: Thailand is inexpensive, you can more than get by and have a good time on a low budget if required.
There is also a type of fruit picking which I read about in a post a few months back and many people had done this to earn a little money. Like I said I don't know too much about it but I know it can be done. Maybe a good idea to put a thread on here about it and I'm sure you will get a response.
Take care and let me know if I can help. Paul

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 21, 2007, at 4:27 AM by Paul3879 ]

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

To teach in Thailand you need a degree and a TEFL certificate - if a school employs you without this they are sailing very close to the wind. Also you will be in breach of your tourist visa. To get a work permit in Thailand you'll need a non-immigrant "B" visa. You might be able to get one in your home country before you leave but if you tell them you're intending to teach they will want pages of information about the company you intend to work for and a concrete offer of work from them.

Most reputable schools in Thailand aren't interested in hiring for short periods. A govt school wants teachers for a year. Private (business) schools sell courses in 60 or 30 hour chunks - at about 4 to 6 hours per week that means they would want you to do at least 5 to 10 weeks. They normally with-hold a portion of your pay until you've completed the course.

5. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 9y

For the schools I was talking about it is not necessary to have a university degree or to be TEFL certified. Also you do not need to apply for the non-immigrant "B" visa.
Trust me I have been there and I have the T-Shirt.

6. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

But you will still be breaking the law - right?!?!

7. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 9y

Well I don't speak Thai but from what I understood you were provided with a one week volunteer work Visa and that means exactly what it says. You can work as a volunteer and you are not allowed to receive money or gifts for the work you have done. (But infact they do pay you in cash) and it's good. But... You have to go there and be able to teach without any training. ie just walk into a classroom and teach.

8. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 9y

Is the attempt to look for a job illegal too?

If all else fail, you can always rely on the world's oldest profession. I'm just kidding. You were after all asking about a bar job.

9. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

Quoting wildfk

Basically you're on a hiding to nothing.....

The basic wage in Thailand is about 160 per day = less then $6:00. So if someone gave you a room that would be about 300 baht a day so they'd be losing out.

Picking up casual work in Thailand is extremely rare and frankly a bit of a "no-no". If you're caught, even working for free you could be deported...after being locked up for a few days.

You best bet is to befriend some farang bar owner and see what you can get, but with casual Thai labour so cheap, you'll be relying on peoples' generosity more than doping them a favor.

Wages are low in Thai bars. More money is made in bars where the customers are foreign men. Often the "girls" are expected to make their extra money by going to hotels with "customers" for sex.

Probably if you are not qualified to teach you could wait a while and save up your money for your trip to Asia.

10. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

Sorry wildflk, clicked on wrong reply button, previous message recipient was "loubilou86!"

Hi,
'I'm going to be in Thailand from mid july to mid september and I'd just like to know where the best places in Thailand are to get a job in a bar. Initially I just wanted to travel around but I haven't saved as much as I'd like. I understand that I won't make money out there but I just want to work for sleeps etc. Could anyone give me any info? I want to work for a month and travel for a month.'

Wages are low in Thai bars. More money is made in bars where the customers are foreign men. Often the "girls" are expected to make their extra money by going to hotels with "customers" for sex.

Probably if you are not qualified to teach you could wait a while and save up your money for your trip to Asia.

Lou

Was using an internet shop in Thailand and got distracted.